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    Default How to formate your computer?

    Hi
    I hope this is a good place to ask since I didn't find another suitable forum. How do you formate your computer? I want to make a complete clean start without former use versions leaving behind useless folders and what not when I start my computer.

    Help? I can offer virtual cookies

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    Default Re: How to formate your computer?

    First off, the word is format, not formate (sounds more like foreplay)
    Secondly, you can use this program

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    Default Re: How to formate your computer?

    Sorry, the pains of an online dictionary ^^

    Thank you so much but there's one problem: I have no idea how I'm supposed to install things with .tar.bz2 - do you know if there's a .rpm version or something since I don't have Internet on that computer, I can't use a format that forwards me to an internet address.

    And I don't have Gnome at the moment, I have KDE.

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    Thumbs up Re: How to formate your computer?

    Perhaps this post will be of help:
    How do I remove Windows partition and create new partition - openSUSE Forums

    1. You can use the Win XP install cd to delete all your partitions.

    2. Or you can use the GParted live cd to delete all your partitions.

    3. Or you can use the opensuse 11 DVD to reinstall opensuse, and in that process click "Edit Partitions" to delete all partitions before continuing with install.

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    Default Re: How to formate your computer?

    To be honest, I'm looking to do the opposite. Delete SuSe and add Windows (again). SuSe has offered me nothing but trouble and they haven't been able to be solved. So even though Windows sucks I'm changing back.

    The thing is that when I put the XP disc into my computer and start, the screen first says that it's checking out the installations on my harddrive, but then it all goes black and it does nothing but buzz a little (I think it's the fan) so I'm thinking - if I format my computer and remove all the Linux stuff and then put in the XP disc again - it'll work better. Because my harddrive is basically a mess filled with 10.0 folders and 10.3 and some won't go away or aren't being used.

    So how do I do then? And I can't even find a GParted that will be able to install on my computer.

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    deleted as non-reponsive to question based on further post that occured while I was writing my own
    Last edited by ramlight; 06-Jul-2008 at 12:19. Reason: further info from poster

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    Default Re: How to formate your computer?

    But the thing is that I don't want reinstall Linux. I want it completely off my harddrive (and I don't feel like spending 1000 SEK on a new one just because I can't format the one I have) so I can install Windows *sigh*

    How do I do that since I can't use the installation disc?

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    Thumbs up Re: How to formate your computer?

    We certainly understand your problem.

    Apparently, the winxp cd is not able to identify a suitable partition in order to install Windows.

    Therefore, you need to use your opensuse install cd first in order to delete the partitions first.

    And then, finally put in the winxp cd so that you can install Windows.

    I hope you have taken a backup of all your personal files.

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    Default Re: How to formate your computer?

    download & burn to disk Gparted, found here. then boot from it & you should be able to delete unwanted partitions. once done, boot from your windows disc & re-install windows.

    Andy
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    Default Re: How to formate your computer?

    I'm trying the 'delete all the partitions' first because quite frankly, it's eight times easier since I don't have a disc. Question though: two times the installation manager has said that two things (I think one was called NetworkManager-KDE or something) and it said it had failed the 'integrity' check (I can't spell, sorry, but hopefully you know what I mean). I pressed retry a bunch of times but eventually I just chose skip.

    Will that affect the deletion process in any way?

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